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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)

PG | | Comedy | 19 June 1968 (USA)
During a blackout, a New York executive crosses paths with a Broadway actress and her husband.

Director:

Hy Averback

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Margaret Garrison
Robert Morse ... Waldo Zane
Terry-Thomas ... Ladislaus Walichek
Patrick O'Neal ... Peter Garrison
Lola Albright ... Roberta Lane
Steve Allen ... Morgan Klein
Jim Backus ... Tru-Blue Lou
Ben Blue ... Man with a Razor
Pat Paulsen ... Conductor
Dale Malone Dale Malone ... Otis J. Hendershot, Jr.
Robert Emhardt ... Otis J. Hendershot, Sr.
Harry Hickox ... Detective Captain Percy Watson
Parley Baer ... Dr. Dudley Caldwell
Randy Whipple Randy Whipple ... Marvin Reinholtz
Earl Wilson ... Earl Wilson
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Storyline

When the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965 hit, millions of people were left in the dark, including Waldo Zane, a New York executive in the process of stealing a fortune from his company, and two people whose paths he's destined to cross, Broadway actress Margaret Garrison and her husband, Peter. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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At exactly 5:27 P.M. New York went out like a light. This is the story of what happened in the dark. Only the names have been changed to protect the people who didn't get home to sleep. See more »

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Trivia

Morgan Freeman makes an uncredited appearance as a Grand Central Terminal commuter. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when the man walks past the subway station, there is a noticeable jump in the film, before the lion emerges from the subway. See more »

Quotes

Ladislaus Walichek: If I could only break up that revolting marriage. Oh, how I hate men!
Dr. Dudley Caldwell: I thought you hated women?
Ladislaus Walichek: Oh, men too.
Ladislaus Walichek: [thinking about what he just said] Doctor, does hate for both sexes make me... bisexual?
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Connections

Featured in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
Words by Kelly Gordon
Music by Dave Grusin
Performed by The Lettermen
[Title song played over the opening titles and credits, with a reprise played over the end credits]
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Where was Doris when her manager approved this script?
23 June 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Stagy adaptation of Claude Magnier's 1956 French play of the same name incorporates the New York City blackout of 1965 into a stagnant roundelay involving an actress, her husband, an agent plus a young embezzler. Dim comedy doesn't even utilize the central calamity for pointed jokes about life in the Big Apple, instead becoming a strained sitcom plunked down in suburbia. Doris Day never lets a bad script get the best of her; even under the most trying of circumstances, the star gives 100% and usually comes out unscathed. Spoofing her own goody-two-shoes image, Doris gets some laughs later in the picture when she's meant to be (comically) sedated; however, Day's male co-stars (Patrick O'Neal, Robert Morse and Terry-Thomas) are not well-suited to her, and neither is the shapeless hairdo she's sporting. For her part, Doris was quick to dismiss the film as "an alleged comedy", noting it was one of several pictures her husband-manager signed her to without her consent. *1/2 from ****


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wo warst Du als das Licht ausging See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,988,000
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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